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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 21
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 05-16-2002

Our brewers have poured their hearts and roasted malted into this rich, slightly sweet stout. Luscious notes of coffee and chocolate accent the smooth, creamy, mouth feel. We will not apologize for any amorous affairs resulting from the consumption of this beverage.
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Ratings: 432 | Reviews: 164
Photo of dodge408
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

It had a distinct hop smell and light maltyness character to the nose. Taste was of mild roasted malt, quickly washed away with crisp hops. It reminds me of a couple black ipas I've had. A one time beer only for me.

Photo of Sneers
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I know Love Stout has been one of Yards' core beers for some time, but I'd never seen it packaged before the other day, so I grabbed a sixer (bottled in late January).

This is a very dark beer, even held up to the light. But it is a stout, after all. It's not exactly an aromatic beer, but has notes dark chocolate and toasted bread. This is tasty beer, however. The roasted flavors are at first smooth – bittersweet chocolate, or coffee with a splash of milk. But the finish has a bit of an acrid tang that adds some complexity and balances it out. Moderately bitter without any real hop flavor, and quite dry. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium but pretty in-line with what I'd expect from the flavor.

Love Stout doesn't really live up to its luscious description, but that doesn't mean it's a bad beer [I noticed on the website that draft versions of this beer are on nitro, and I can see this beer taking on a richer quality there]. As it is, this is a pretty flavorful, very drinkable stout, and I personally don't care for hoppy stouts, I'll keep this one on my radar.

Photo of Bone53
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark brown pour with a mahogony tent when put up to the light, and a one finger tan head

Smell: A lot of musty dark fruit and very subtle roasted malt, the slightest hint of chocolate if you search for it

Taste: Same as the nose, but somehow even worse; stale dark fruits and stale light roasted malt

Mouthfeel; Light body, and way too light and drinkable for a stout. Slight bitter finish

Overall: This was worse than i imagined. It reminds me of Guinness Extra, which is far from a compliment. Everything about it screams weak, musty, and watery. A six pack runs $10 around me. A bomber is the same price. Thats a freakin joke! Im surprised by some of the high ratings. Glad i only got a single. Everything iv had from this brewery is average at best. Pass this one up in all seriousness.

Photo of TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Wow not a stout guy but like.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I've had other chocolate and coffee stouts and they always taste horrible - this one is the best. Smells like nothing but coffee slight chocolate.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It was slightly bitter with a hint of coffee flavor. My only complaint is the bar I was in served it slightly warm (which isn't the beers fault).

Photo of JPowell712
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The love stout had a very nice pour black to the color and and a tan head to it. The aroma was of coffee and sweet chocolate. I liked the flavor too, it was a bit smoky and roasted coffee and a sweet chocolate creamy finish. I find this to be a very decent stout and I would definitely recommend trying it.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice deep darkness for such a light ABV stout. Head is equally tan a 1/2 inch that fades to a lace ring very sticky lace is nice.
S - Good roast with a touch of chocolate sweetness and a bit of anise licorice. Smells pretty good.
T - Pretty smooth the milk stout qualities mend well with the roasty coffee and the licorice and hops take a backseat. Very good isn't too sweet to boot!
M - nice medium Body brew with a sort of creamy finish.

Overall I should have picked up a sixer of this over hop juju it's a very sessionable smooth semi sweet stout.

Photo of ElHefe2000
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Had this at the Fireside Tavern in Strasburg. It was one of two Porters on tap. Very good beer!

Photo of Lookingloo2
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rocked this from bottle to pint glass. Darker 'un sin. Limited lacing. Light tingle on first sip. Flavor rounds out with solid toasty finish. Stout "notes" (you beer hippies) of coffee, tobacco, and chocolate in the finish and aftertaste. Not high-test or heavy so right up my alley. Sessionable in winter when baseball season seems an eternity away and you figure just settle in with a dark beer and hibernate.

Photo of StevenH
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't know if it was a bad batch but it had a very skunky taste to it

Photo of microbrewlover
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a solid black with a tiny mocha head which dissipates after a few minuets but some of it does remain as a collar. Moderate lacing.

The smell is lightly roasted malts, some burnt coffee and some chocolate. There might be some nutty smell in there but the roasted malts dominate.

The taste pretty much follows the nose with roasted and some sweet malts dominating. There is only a hint of coffee and chocolate but you might not complain too much because you will be busy dealing with the complex malt backbone. No discernible hops to speak of. Drinkability is excellent as this beer goes down creamy smooth with just a hint of dryness on the back end. This could be a session stout. The finish is creamy sweet and dry.

Overall this is an interesting stout in that it does not bowl you over with roasted malts and burnt coffee but it does deliver complex malt flavor. If you want a sweet, creamy stout then try this one.

Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out an expected black color with a 1/2” light brown head that shows some retention before receding to a ring of foam and and a thin island. Sipping leaves both speckles and legs of lacing.

The aroma is seems slightly smoky with coffee and dark chocolate.

As expected from the nose there's a hint of roasted and almost smoky character and rich malty flavor here. There are definite touches of coffee and dark chocolate.

Medium to light body with slight crispness from the moderate carbonation. The finish begins with a mix of sweetness and bitterness from the light coffee and dark chocolate flavors and gradually tapers off to end in a bitter dryness that leads easily to the next sip.

I’ve enjoyed this stout and would be happy to have another. In the world of big beers and Imperial stouts its easy to forget the simple pleasures of a lower above, lower intensity stout with gentle but comfortably full flavors. If what you are looking for to drink are the big flavors and intensities of imperial stouts this beer is not for you. But if you want to relax and enjoy a low abv but fairly full-flavored stout this is a good place to start.

Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap, Morris Tap and Grill - Yards love stout. Pitch black. High foam. Off white. Roasted chocolate coffee nose. Smooth creamy milky taste. No carb to speak of. Lighter sweet stout flavor. 4 375 385 35 375

Photo of Erndogg
4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fantastic stout. Very consistent brew.

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yards fails to live up to expectations again.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high, and khaki in shade. Retention isn't fantastic, but the creamy-looking texture leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. (3.75)

Smell: This has a big roasted presence for 5%, exactly the way I like my stouts to be. Additional notes of coffee, dry baker's cocoa, minerals, and smoke help round it out. Simple yet oh-so-effective. (3.75)

Taste: It starts off with a pleasant smokiness. Roasted malt and coffee notes build up into a slightly sweet finish. Post-swallow, a touch of minerals enter the picture. While simple, it strikes a good balance between drinkability and...uh...balance. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little sharp for my taste buds (style-wise), but I can't deny that it's a dry and easygoing stout. It actually is kind of creamy before taking the (admittedly slightly overdone) fizz into effect. Once the carbonation subside, the finish becomes somewhat sweet. (3.5)

Overall: A damn fine every day stout. Didn't this used to be brewed with oysters, though? C'mon Yards, bring back the oysters! Despite my mild disappointment on that facet, it's a fine stout that's worthy of being bought (and drunk, even!) by the six pack. (3.75)

3.63/5: 'Love' is a bit strong; still a moderately impressive stout

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a solid stout but nothing special

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid stout from a solid brewery.

Photo of Dr_Farts
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer reminds me of the snow laden streets of philadelphia. Had some good times around it. Pretty standard stout, mid to heavy body, mid thickness in mouth feel, chocolaty notes with roasted malts. Middle of the road, but still pretty tasty

Photo of AricGresko
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

If you want to drink an alcoholic, cold Starbucks coffee, drink this beer. I was pleasantly surprised with how this tastes like a cold coffee. Definitely a highly recommended stout. It has a very dark appearance. Average head. The smell was very strong coffee.

I strongly recommend this beer to any avid coffee drinkers.

Photo of Bikeboy1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great job with this beer. Perfect taste for me for a stout. Went down very smoothly. This could easily be my goto stout. Chocolate taste was nice maybe just a tad too much but beats the normal coffee flavor which isn't my thing. Will be buying this to keep on hand.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish black with a creamy tab head and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. A bit of caramel. In the taste, coffee, roasted malt and an earthy hop presence. Though well balanced, this is a fairly bitter beer. Drinks smooth and easily. Overall, a quality stout that works well in a nitro format.

Photo of MadCat
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice black color with a good tan nitro head that left good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, some chocolate

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, some caramel sweetness. Soke earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Full body with the nitro creaminess

Overall: Very good, and I feel it is a good representation of the style. Very happy with it, won't hesitate to order again

Photo of NiceTaps
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in a nonic pint glass.

A- It looks like a Giunness Draught, Love Stout may be a bit darker. That's the end of the Guinness similarities.

S-Roasted barley, some chocolate and coffee.

T- Creamy malt, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee.

M- Good creamy body, not much carbonation. The chocolate and the roasting give it some bite.

O- This beer is right on for the style, and the abv gives it enough body without compromising drinkability.

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Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.